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The Clontarf Foundation

2020 marks a new era at Ambrose Treacy College with the introduction of the Clontarf Foundation which caters for the school’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The Clontarf Foundation was established in 2000 in a Perth school with just 25 students. Fast forward 20 years and we are now based in 132 schools and 119 academies based in Queensland, the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, with over 8,000 young men enrolled in our program.

Our journey began at ATC with 44 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in our program in 2020. We are very lucky the College has provided us with a great space to facilitate our program which includes a kitchen, outdoor entertainment area, chill out lounge space for the Senior students, learning and office space and a table tennis which is the most popular area in the room!

We are very fortunate the College has allowed us to embed Clontarf classes across all year levels in a timely manner, which contrasts with other schools where we are based. Our classes are a valuable time for us to continue to build our relationships with each student but also to empower our young men through our delivery of workshops which include goal setting, community service, cooking, sport, team building activities, self-refection, mindfulness and career pathways.

Brett and I look forward to working closely with the young men in our program and their families.

If you would like to know more about the Clontarf program, please click here to email the Director of the Clontarf Foundation, Damien Zammit.